Category: Dunwoody Reporter

DeKalb County limits COVID-19 test site hours for holiday

The DeKalb County Board of Health is limiting the operating hours at its three COVID-19 testing sites for the Thanksgiving holiday. The sites include: BrandsMart USA parking lot, 5000 Motors Industrial Blvd., Doraville; Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, 1879 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta; the parking lot of the former Sam’s Club at 2994 Turner Hill Road, Stonecrest. All three sites will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The Doraville and Atlanta sites will remain closed Nov. 26-28, while the Stonecrest site will be open Nov. 28, 9 a.m. to noon. Normal hours will resume Nov. 30. The county’s...

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Applications open for DeKalb County Board of Ethics members

A new DeKalb County Board of Ethics is being selected and applications for positions are open until Dec. 1. The board is intended to independently review claims of improper conduct by public officials. The current board has been inactive since the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled in 2018 that its current board member appointment method was unconstitutional. A proposal approved by voters Nov. 3 will dissolve the current board Dec. 31. New board members will take their positions Jan. 1, 2021. Under the new rules, three members will be chosen by the county delegation in the state House of...

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Gov. Kemp says no new COVID-19 restrictions despite surge warning, talks vaccine distribution

Even as the White House Coronavirus Task Force warned that Georgia is “in the early stages of full resurgence” of the virus, Gov. Brian Kemp said in a Nov. 24 press conference that he has no plans to impose any additional restrictions on the state. “I don’t see any reason to take any additional steps right now,” Kemp said at the State Capitol, noting that Georgia has enough hospital capacity and personal protective equipment. “We’re not seeing a spike in cases here right now, so that’s why we’re urging people to follow the guidelines during the Thanksgiving holiday,” Kemp...

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GDOT suspends construction closures for Thanksgiving holiday

The Georgia Department of Transportation will suspend construction-related lane closures on interstate highways and state routes for the Thanksgiving holiday to reduce the traffic crunch. The suspension of closures will start Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 6 a.m., and continue until Monday, Nov. 30 at 5 a.m. Some long-term closures will remain in place and construction activity may happen along...

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GDOT plans to open two new Ga. 400, I-285 ramps Nov. 23

Two new ramps on Ga. 400 and I-285 in the Perimeter Center area are scheduled to open Nov. 23, and officials are asking drivers to be aware of the new traffic flows. On Ga. 400 southbound in Sandy Springs, a new off-ramp to Abernathy Road will open. The ramp will begin just south of the North Springs MARTA Station, requiring drivers to merge about 1 mile away. Also scheduled to open is a new ramp from Ashford-Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody to I-285 westbound. The ramps are part of Transform 285/400, a massive, ongoing project to rebuild the Ga. 400/I-285...

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Emory and Piedmont healthcare systems join ‘mask up’ pandemic safety campaign

The local Emory Healthcare and Piedmont Healthcare systems are among more than 100 nationwide joining in a campaign to urge mask-wearing to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The “Mask Up” campaign includes national TV and newspaper ads and the website everymaskup.com. The campaign comes amid rising national and local cases and concerns that Thanksgiving gatherings will spread the disease. “The next several months will be critical,” said a press release about the campaign issued by Emory Healthcare. “Though there has been positive news about vaccine development, no one knows when those vaccines will be ready for widespread use. In the...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Nov. 24

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Abernathy Road closures Nov. 20, 9 p.m., through Nov. 23, 5 a.m., closed between Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Ga. 400. Ashford-Dunwoody Road ramp closures Nov. 20, 9 p.m., through Nov. 23, 5 a.m., ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Ashford-Dunwoody Road lane closures Nov. 20, 9 p.m., through Nov. 23, 5 a.m., northbound and southbound between Lake Hearn Drive and...

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Letter: Malachi’s Storehouse offers thanks for support in a challenging year

At Malachi’s Storehouse, 2020 has been a year filled with challenges but also overflowing with enormous gratitude. Since March, we have provided more than 500,000 pounds of fresh as well as shelf-stable food to more than 2,700 households, all via our new drive-thru system that was implemented because of COVID-19. In other years, we serve about 125 families per week, but this year that number has grown exponentially with the addition of people who lost their jobs, as well as a large number of families with young children who no longer can count on regular school lunches. We are...

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Light Up Dunwoody holiday celebration arrives virtually Nov. 22

The Light Up Dunwoody holiday celebration is coming virtually this Sunday, Nov. 22. Viewers can tune in to Facebook.com/TheDHA, where it will be live-streamed at 5:30 p.m. from the Cheek-Spruill farmhouse at Chamblee-Dunwoody and Mount Vernon roads. Folks are invited to come to the farmhouse after the virtual event and take pictures with the tree or the historic house. Each year, the Dunwoody Homeowners Association and other organizations host the holiday celebration in Dunwoody Village to light a community Christmas tree and menorah. It usually includes live music, photos with Santa Claus and other family activities. “We’d love to...

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MARTA chief’s contract is extended into 2026

Jeffrey Parker will continue to lead MARTA through June 2026 in a contract extension announced this month. Parker has served as the transit agency’s general manager and CEO since 2018. His current contract was set to expire in 2023. “I am grateful to the board for their continued support and faith in my ability,” said Parker in a press release. “We have accomplished a lot together in two years and I am excited to improve upon that record with our expansion plans and our renewed focus on the customer experience, as well as navigating the post-pandemic world of public...

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DeKalb County offers turkeys, hams, other Thanksgiving food for households in need

DeKalb County is offering free turkeys, hams and 20-pound boxes of fruits and vegetables for households in need this Thanksgiving. The food is part of the county’s COVID-19 Care Baskets program. The county says it has food packages for 2,500 county residents, available on a first come, first served basis. The food will be distributed on Saturday, Nov. 21, starting at 10 a.m., at three drive-thru locations: William “Buck” Godfrey Stadium, 2817 Clifton Springs Road, Decatur James R. Hallford Stadium, 3789 Memorial College Ave., Clarkston New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, 6400 Woodrow Road, Stonecrest Funding for the food program...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Nov. 23

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Abernathy Road closures Nov. 13, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., closed under Ga. 400. Abernathy Road ramp closures Nov. 13, 9 p.m. through Nov. 16, 5 a.m., ramp to Ga. 400 northbound closed. Ga. 400 ramp closures Nov. 13, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound and southbound ramps to I-285 eastbound closed. Nov. 13, 9 p.m. to 5...

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